ARLINGTON, Texas — The Yankees couldn’t escape injury on the final day of the regular season, as Gio Urshela left Sunday’s finale against the Rangers with an apparent leg injury after making a play on a Nick Solak grounder to third in the bottom of the fourth.
Replays showed Urshela limping after the play, and after a brief visit from trainer Steve Donohue, Urshela was yanked from the game. Tyler Wade took over for Urshela at third.
The Yankees begin their ALDS matchup against the Twins on Friday, so Urshela has some time to get ready for the series, but it’s yet another injury for a team that’s been overwhelmed by them throughout the season.
They’re already hoping to get Edwin Encarnacion back in time from a strained oblique and just saw the return of Gary Sanchez from a groin injury.
Prior to the game, GM Brian Cashman called Urshela “the biggest example of them all” when talking about unexpected players filling in well throughout the season when others were lost for extended periods of time.
“He feels like he’s been a starter all year long, but he wasn’t,” Cashman said. “He had to fill in for the injured Miguel Andujar. And, man, he became an integral part of this entire journey.”
If Urshela is out for a while, DJ LeMahieu could play third, but that could take away some of his versatility. Manager Aaron Boone said there was a chance LeMahieu could play first, second and third in the playoffs, just as he had in the regular season.
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